Sunday, September 13, 2015

Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk


Count Down to Fall
by Fran Hawk
ISBN: 9781607188650
$ 8.96 (paperback)
$ 16.95 (hardback)
$ 8.96 (kindle)
Spanish copies & ebook available HERE

About the book:

The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Fall must be on the way, and while you unpack sweaters and scarves, the animals frolic outside in the crisp autumn air beneath a wide blue sky. In Fran Hawk's Count Down to Fall, watch the falling leaves tumble all around. The vibrant and detailed illustrations of Sherry Neidigh capture the majesty of the maple, the oak, the linden, and more. Critters play in the time of changing seasons, and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all-animals and humans alike!

My thoughts:
Count Down to Fall is a good opportunity for learning about nature in your neighborhood. You can see in the video above some of the beautiful 2 page spreads that show kids the fall colors of each tree and kids can actually count 3 pointed Maple leaves  yellow, orange & red, 6 Linden leaves in Valentine shapes and 9 dogwood leaves bright shining scarlet. Take the time to count the leaves and pinecones with your kids, talk about what the animal in the picture is doing and then go outside and see if you can find the leaves from the book in your neighborhood and collect them.  After reading the book there are 4 pages of activities for the kids in the back of the book and another 30 pages online (More information Here).

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About the author:
Fran Hawk’s favorite things are children, books, and writing. Writing children’s books is her dream come true, because it combines all three. Fran resides in South Carolina, and when the famous Hunley submarine was raised from Charleston harbor, she wrote a children’s book about the event. Her next book was called Ten Tips for Raising Readers, in which Fran shares all the best information she had gathered about bringing children and books together. One autumn afternoon, Fran was walking as leaves drifted down all around her. She realized she only knew the names of a few of them, so she got some leaf books from the library and worked on identifying them. Then, she thought it would be interesting to write a children’s book that would make it fun to learn the names of leaves. The result was Count Down to Fall.

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